NorDx Enhances Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Services with State-of-the-Art Technology

 NorDx Enhances Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Services with State-of-the-Art
                                  Technology

Physicians and Patients to Benefit

PR Newswire

PORTLAND, Maine, April 3, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --NorDx, (Northern Diagnostic
Laboratories), the largest reference laboratory in the state of Maine and a
member of MaineHealth, today announces the acquisition of Sysmex® XN-Series
Automated Hematology Analyzers.NorDx and MaineHealth are the first clinical
laboratories in the country to acquire the new Sysmex XN-Series hematology
analyzers. The analyzers enhance the clinical laboratories' turnaround times
for patient blood counts results, thereby enabling physicians and other
healthcare professionals to treat patients sooner, according to Stan
Schofield, President of NorDx, Senior Vice President of MaineHealth. The
analyzers also offer unique advantages for testing both normal and abnormal
hematology samples. "Our clinical laboratories will now be able to further
improve differentiation of anemia types, better monitor bone marrow
transplants, better aid in the diagnoses of leukemia and other diseases with
immature cells in the circulating blood and help improve the diagnosis of
possible bleeding disorders," added Schofield. NorDx is accredited by the
College of American Pathologists and offers a full range of laboratory
services to multiple hospital sites, physician practices, and long-term care
facilities in the tri-state region of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. 

"As a member of one of the nation's top 100 integrated delivery networks, we
understand that our clinical excellence starts with the core technology and
clinical utility of our laboratory's instrumentation and ends with diagnosis,
treatment and improved quality of life for the patient," said Schofield. "The
Sysmex® XN-Series is a powerful new technology platform that sets an entirely
new standard of testing sophistication and capacity. No doubt, these new
analyzers have broad implications for the health and vitality of our community
considering much of a patient's medical record is comprised of laboratory
results," added Schofield.

The acquisition of the Sysmex XN-Series automated hematology analyzers also
help NorDx and MaineHealth address cost and labor pressures, including
projected shortage of medical technologists, increasing workload demands and
the testing complexity of an aging population.

About NorDx
NorDx was established in 1976 as the first licensed independent clinical
laboratory in Maine. Since then, it has grown in scope and expertise through
affiliations with Maine Medical Center (MMC), the Maine Medical Center
Research Institute (MMCRI), and the Center for Lipid Research and Clinical
Research Management. This consolidation of expertise has formed a single,
comprehensive healthcare system, which consists of one of the largest, most
sophisticated, state-of-the-art laboratories in the Northeast. The vast
majority of testing is performed within the NorDx laboratory network. NorDx's
main site is located at the new, technologically advanced facility in
Scarborough, Maine. The facility covers 30,000 square feet and consists of
high-tech laboratory instrumentation equipped to accommodate robotics.
However, it is the expertise, professionalism, and highest-caliber of
personnel that is behind each and every test that differentiates NorDx from
its competitors.

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and
other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the
healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare
delivery networks, MaineHealth member organizations include Maine Medical
Center, Goodall Hospital, Lincoln County Healthcare, Maine Mental Health
Partners, Pen Bay Healthcare, Southern Maine Medical Center, Waldo County
Healthcare, Western Maine Health, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician
Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include
MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, St. Mary's Regional Medical
Center and New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland.

About Sysmex America, Inc.
Sysmex America, Inc., the U.S. headquarters of Sysmex Corporation (Kobe,
Japan), is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions,
including clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems. Serving
customers for over 40 years, Sysmex focuses on extending the boundaries of
diagnostic science while providing the management information tools that make
a real difference in clinical and operational results for people worldwide.
For more information about Sysmex, please visit www.sysmex.com/us.

SOURCE NorDx

Website: http://www.nordx.org
Website: https://www.sysmex.com
Website: http://www.mainehealth.org
Contact: Matthew Driscoll, Communications Manager, NorDx, Matthew Driscoll
DRISCM4@mmc.org, 207-396-7905
 
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